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Founded Year

1974

About DK

Dorling Kindersley (DK) is a publishing company. It is based in London, England.

DK Headquarter Location

80 Strand

London, England, WC2R 0RL,

United Kingdom

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DK Patents

DK has filed 7 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Aircraft wing design
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12/12/2018

5/10/2022

Enterobacteriaceae, Molecular biology, Mass spectrometry, Bacterial diseases, Proteins

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12/12/2018

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5/10/2022

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Enterobacteriaceae, Molecular biology, Mass spectrometry, Bacterial diseases, Proteins

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Latest DK News

Picking up slack: how to repair broken elastic

Mar 7, 2022

Fixing elastic that has lost its stretch can be relatively straightforward for some garments – or it can be a chance to completely refashion a piece If the elastic is encased and you can move the elastic within the folded over edge of the fabric, replacing it is relatively straightforward. Photograph: Dorling Kindersley ltd/Alamy If the elastic is encased and you can move the elastic within the folded over edge of the fabric, replacing it is relatively straightforward. Photograph: Dorling Kindersley ltd/Alamy Last modified on Mon 7 Mar 2022 11.33 EST Any mention of elastic reminds me of being a child. The snap of a rubber band sling-shot across a classroom. Playing dress-ups in tutus with white elastic running inside the waistband. The wide strap across a pair of jiffies. As an adult, I only ever notice elastic when it has stopped working and the slack material left behind is starting to annoy me. Most elastics are made of natural or synthetic rubber that have been mixed with other fibres. Imagine a very, very thin rubber band that has been woven with cotton or polyester yarn. The key feature of elastic is its ability to stretch and retract to its original size and shape repeatedly. When elastic is damaged or aged this ability lessens. There are steps that can be taken to prolong the life and stretch of elastic, but sometimes it will need to be replaced. This week we got some expert advice on both prevention and the cure. Don’t over stretch Carolina Quintero Rodriguez, a fashion lecturer at RMIT University says, “when elastic fabrics are elongated beyond their stretchability or over an extended period of time, the fibres can break or lose the capability of returning to their original shape”. The force, frequency and size of the extension will also influence how long the elastic lasts. “It is important to reduce the stress of the fibre over time” she says, “so selecting the correct garment size is an important consideration when purchasing next-to-skin garments such as underwear, bras and swimwear.” Turn the heat down According to Quintero Rodriguez elastic fibres can be damaged by heat “so it is recommended to wash the garments with low temperature”. She suggests washing “the garments by hand or in a delicate/gentle machine cycle to avoid breakage of the fibre”. If machine washing is unavoidable, place the garments inside a washing bag to further reduce friction and protect the elasticity. Use a gentle detergent and keep elastic away from chemicals like chlorine and bleach, as they will also reduce its lifespan. Don’t put stretchy garments in the tumble drier for the same reason – the heat will damage the fibres. Instead, hang them up to dry, but be sure to dry anything with elastic or stretch out of sunlight. Replacing worn-out elastic If the elastic is encased in a tube of fabric, it will be relatively straightforward to replace. Photograph: Zen Rial/Getty Images Nicole Mallalieu, a fashion lecturer at the Australian College of the Arts, warns that when “elastic goes, it goes”. Depending on the garment, replacing elastic can be easy – or very difficult. If the elastic is encased and “you can move the elastic within the folded over edge of the fabric” – like an elasticated waist band on a pair of pants or skirt – replacing it is relatively straightforward. She says to unpick a bit of the casing and pull the old elastic out. It may require a small snip with scissors. Then take your new elastic, thread it through the end of a hair clip or safety pin and feed the clip or pin back through the casing. Do this by pushing the pin along so the fabric gathers up around it, hold the pin while you pull the fabric back over the new elastic. Repeat until the pin emerges around the other side, then knot or stitch the elastic ends together and use a few stitches to close up the hole.

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  • When was DK founded?

    DK was founded in 1974.

  • Where is DK's headquarters?

    DK's headquarters is located at 80 Strand, London.

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